One of the easiest ways to make food more delicious is to add a bit of lemon or orange zest. Not only does this give the dish an extra burst of flavor, but it also provides several health benefits.
Lemon and orange zest are rich in antioxidants, and adding a bit of zest to your cooking is also a great way to get more vitamins and minerals into your diet. Orange zest, for example, is a good source of vitamin C, while lemon zest provides calcium and potassium.
If you want to add zest to your cooking, the best way to do it is with a Microplane. This kitchen tool allows you to quickly and easily grate the zest from citrus fruits.
Using a Microplane tool will make zesting a lemon fast and convenient. Rub the skin of the lemon on the top side of the Microplane tool, avoiding the white part under the lemon skin because it is bitter. The lemon zest will accumulate on the inside of the micro plane. Tap the Microplane or run your finger on the inside to release the zest. Et Viola! You have fresh lemon zest. Then you can juice the lemon and store the lemon juice in a jar in your refrigerator to use in salad dressings, pestos, pasta dishes, as a sandwich spread, and more.
A Microplane is also handy for other tasks, such as grating ginger, garlic, or Parmesan cheese. So, if you don't already have one, it's worth investing in.
Zest can be a secret ingredient to add an unexpected and appreciated layer of flavor and extra nutrients to so many dishes.
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Click here for the Pistachio Mint Lemon Pesto recipe and serving ideas. Store-bought pesto often contains preservatives and additives such as milk, potato starch, and mediocre quality oils. Pesto is simple and fast to make at home with herbs, olive oil, and garlic, and the addition of lemon zest will take your pesto to a new level. Homemade pesto is healthy and can also be frozen, and it is so versatile, it will help you make a quick delicious meal.